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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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Getting Down to the Issues

Getting Down to the Issues Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) sixth annual Legislative Fly-In.  This is a program that is offered to two or three veterinary students from each veterinary school around the nation to visit Capitol Hill and learn about how the AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division works, the current legislation that is currently affecting veterinary medicine, and the process of getting legislation passed—as well as how to keep legislation from being passed.  Students and veterinarians who attend also have the opportunity to visit their congressperson to discuss the issues that the AVMA would like to see passed or not passed. Current issues that are affecting the veterinary medical profession that the AVMA would like to see passed include the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which would make the actual act of soring illegal and make directing another person to make a horse become sore... (Read More)

Finding the Joy

Finding the Joy One of the moments during vet school orientation that clearly stands out in my mind is when Dr. Kenita Rogers, our associate dean for professional programs, stood up in front of us and told us to "Find the joy" in every day. Often, especially during first year, those three words are used somewhat sarcastically when we are swamped with tests and running on minimal amounts of sleep. During those weeks, sometimes it feels incredibly difficult to ferret out even a small amount of joy. But, what I finally learned second semester of first year is that finding the joy makes life so much better. The second year class just finished two difficult weeks consisting of five tests in a span of about nine days. Not exactly pleasant, but also not impossible. On top of that we still had to keep up with assignments due and we also tackled our first correlates case to practice for our third year clinical correlates class. As a general rule, I try not to stress mo... (Read More)

Clinics Cometh

Clinics Cometh Many aspects of third year are designed to prepare us for the fourth year curriculum—you perform surgeries for the first time, you take medicine courses so you have the smallest of clues of what is going on with these patients, and you spend some time in the hospitals. The third year class received our fourth year clinical schedules last week. The next year of my life is now planned out on a weekly basis. When I looked over my clinical schedule I was both excited and terrified. I was elated because it meant I’m only 11 short weeks away from getting out of the classroom chair I have been sitting in for the past three years. However, the terror came from the fact that I am now responsible for what I was supposed to be learning over my veterinary school career, beyond just taking a multiple-choice exam. Unfortunately, animals don’t come with A–D options on what could be causing their clinical signs and I would no longer be able to use the old vet ... (Read More)

The Tides are Turning

The Tides are Turning My first round of tests for the spring semester is almost officially over. The only hurdle I have left to conquer is biochemistry. I am completely anticipating near-sleepless nights in preparation for the exam (an unhealthy habit, I know!) As this semester progresses, however, I will be anticipating the receipt of my Aggie ring! After five and a half semesters of pouring over textbooks and endless amounts of that overpriced water the world formally knows as Starbucks, I can finally say I will be an owner of one of Aggieland’s most prized possessions. With graduation just a year away, I am fully aware of the fact that this period in my life will determine so much. But, my faith has certainly allowed me to face my impending future not with reproach or fear, but with eager anticipation. So, here’s to a successful semester! (Read More)

Getting That Piece of Gold

Getting That Piece of Gold Coming here as a non-Texas A&M student for vet school, I was worried I would not get to experience the traditions that come with being an Aggie.  However, this is not true AT ALL! Even though the vet school facilities are off in their own little world, separate from main campus to a certain extent, we get to be a part of the environment.  It starts the moment students drive into College Station, and continues up until the day we will graduate. It is using howdy to say hi, to the first football game in August, standing as the 12th Man and supporting your team with the rest of the town, even when it gets too hot in the Texas heat.  Then it’s the nights at Harry’s, dancing the night away.  Other traditions include attending Midnight Yell before every home football game, weekly Breakaway church services, and monthly Silver Taps. However, as a second year vet student, the next tradition I get to experience is ordering that... (Read More)

A Penny For Your Thoughts

A Penny For Your Thoughts Three weeks ago, the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences interviewed around 250 applicants for acceptance into the class of 2018. As an ambassador, I had the opportunity to give these prospective students tours of the college and the hospitals. During these tours, I was asked a variety of questions, from “What do they look for in an applicant?” to “How much do you really study?” to “Where is a good place to get a beer around here?” I thought I would take this opportunity to provide my thoughts on a few of these topics. First, let’s talk about getting into vet school. As with anything else, a number of factors come into play when they are selecting students for acceptance into the program. While there is more to each and every one of us than a test grade or a GRE score, these numbers are important when applying to a professional school. If you are interested in vet school, enjoy college, but be sure ... (Read More)

A Day in the life of a BIMS student

A Day in the life of a BIMS student Howdy! I want to take you through a day in the life of a biomedical science student! But before I start, I will give you a little information about me. I am currently a senior at Texas A&M University majoring in Biomedical Science. I am only taking biomedical physiology and statistics this semester and I am graduating this May! I plan to go to veterinary school to become a small veterinarian and I absolutely LOVE animals. Okay, so back to my day! This morning my alarm went off at 7 am. I think I pressed snooze about 5 times because I did not want to get up. I stayed up late last night reading for my physiology class, so I was really tired this morning. Once I got myself out of bed, I got ready for work, fed my kittens and guinea pigs, walked my dogs, and then ran out the door with a Monster Energy Drink® and a Fiber One® bar. Once I got to work, I finished up reading for my physiology class and reviewed some notes and then before I knew it, ... (Read More)

Time for a Reality Check

Time for a Reality Check And so my final semester in the classroom begins…I cannot believe that in a few short months the class of 2015 will be in our clinical year. Thinking about it now, I already feel overwhelmed, excited, tired, and wanting to grab on to my classroom seat and hold on for dear life because I know there is still so much to learn. That being said, I think about where I was this time last year, and it is amazing how far the class of 2015 has come. Third year is a surprisingly giant leap from second year, but a leap that sneaks up on you. I know I can speak for most of my class when I say we have all started to shift the way we think and speak and solve problems. When this happened? How it happened? I don’t think any of us could say. The change really sneaks up on you, and you listen to your conversations one day and suddenly you and your classmates sound like doctors. One of my favorite clinicians was teaching us feline medicine last week and did not... (Read More)

Getting our Hands Dirty

Getting our Hands Dirty This past weekend, I participated in the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (SCAAEP) Annual skills lab, hosted here at Texas A&M.  In case you are unfamiliar with the term, a skills lab is a time outside of the curriculum when veterinary students can "get their hands dirty" and practice new skills.  Many of our student organizations offer at least one skills lab a year for interested students, but what sets SCAEEP's skills lab apart is the fact that veterinary students from all over the United States travel here to Texas A&M to participate. Students were allowed to register for four one-hour rotations from an incredible list of options: alternative medicine, radiology, stallion collection, emergency and critical care, equine dentistry, arthroscopy, field anesthesia, lower limb surgical procedures, endoscopy, bandaging, splinting, rectal palpation with laproscope assistance, laceration repair, u... (Read More)

Here's To the Start of a New Year

Here's To the Start of a New Year First week of the spring semester is over: let’s all take a moment and applaud ourselves for surviving it. I don’t know about you, but outside of test weeks, the first week of the semester is always hardest for me. It’s like you have to work extra-hard the first week just to remind yourself that you have to once again make somewhat of an effort day to day. The lazy days that accompany every vacation break are over now. So as we all begin this spring semester, I wanted to issue a challenge, especially to those of you who are about to face a really tough semester. Ever semester is a fresh start, a chance to do things better than you did the semester before. Whether it’s actually reading that textbook you spent hundreds of dollars on or cutting down on the number of Fuego runs you make. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also the “start” of a new year, so we all have those resolutions we’re going to try to keep. Personally, my goal this semester, and hop... (Read More)